Target found to prevent kidney complicationsBy
Diabetic kidney disease, also known as diabetic nephropathy, is a serious complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, affecting up to about 30 percent of individuals with the disease. Preventing kidney damage is a challenge, which is why a new prevention target discovered by scientists could be good news.
Scientists inJapanhave found a new target for diabetic kidney disease in mice, and it’s called osteopontin. This molecule is involved in the inflammatory process, and inflammation has been established as playing a key role in diabetic nephropathy, as shown in a number of studies, including a new review in Mediators of Inflammation.